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The place of the canon in institutions of higher education has been a matter for considerable debate in recent years. While there are important variations between different conservative positions in the battle over university reading requirements, many traditionalists assume that texts should be selected purely on the basis of their literary or philosophical merit, and that some people are able to objectively distinguish "Great Books" from those of lesser value.
This paper concentrates on Allan Bloom's version of this thesis. Bloom suggests that "writers of quality" know other writers of quality. The author argues that Bloom's analysis is premised on a problematic theory of legitimation, a flawed conception of greatness, and a restrictive view of possibilities for reading at the university level.
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Fellow elitists: If I were E. Hirsch-people do tend to mix us up-I might ask, "What is the literary influence on my salutation? Roosevelt's salutation to another select audience, the Daughters of the American Revolution. He began his address, "Fellow Immigrants. That notion is a relic of the aristocratic past which this democracy sup' planted in favor of equality or of privilege based on merit. Roosevelt was urbane and witty, this century's greatest virtuoso of democratic leadership. We, the immigrants or the children of immigrants, loved his act; he was on our side.
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